Nov 25, 2012 11:00pm PST
captive on november 4, 1979 at the american embassy in tehran. the u.s. mounted a secret military rescue operation, it failed. here's our coverage now as details of that mission emerged. >> the rescue attempt began late thursday when eight hh5083 took off the coast of iran carrying about 90commandos they flew northwest to the town of cabas about 300 miles from tehran. the key of the operation was the helicopter. six had to make it through. but a sand storm disabled three of them leaving only five. they landed at the desert staging point where they were met by 6c130 carbo planes. the pentagon refused to say where those planes came from. defense officials say the aircrafts flew in and were not detected a bus with 50 iranians passed by. in the dead of night vision was none. eight persons killed, four others seriously burned. leaving the dead behind. the remaining members of the team boarded the plane. >> there was no reason to believe the hostages would be released at any time in the forseable future. several times had been mentioned you may recall, may, june, july the end of the year and i
Nov 4, 2012 11:00pm PST
>>> up next on a second look, the first woman ever to serve on the u.s. supreme court. in her own words how sandra day o'conner got the call from president reagan. the most difficult case she faced and her latest crusade to change the way judges are chosen. >>> a legal pioneer returned to the bay area last month. 82-year-old stanford graduate sandra day o'conner. the first woman to serve as a justice was in san francisco for an appearance at the o'conner club. president reagan appointed her in 1981. >> president reagan appointed the first woman to serve. a couple of people were asked to check my record. there was plenty of old newspapers and stuff about me. so they had to check it all out. >> no -- that the time. >> no no -- at that time. not too long after i was sitting in my chambers at the court of appeals in arizona, and the phone rang and it was the white house calling. president reagan said, sandra. yes mr. president. i would like to announce your nomination for u.s. supreme court, is that all right with you. well-- gulp. what do you say to that? i don't know. i guess mr.